Update (9 April 2014)
Professor Ugo Bardi resigns in protest :
"I am taking the strongest action I can take, that is I am resigning from "Chief Specialty Editor" of Frontiers in protest against the behavior of the journal in the "Recursive Fury" case. I sent to the editors a letter today, stating my intention to resign."
Addendum - I've added an addendum on "psychological disorders".
...or "Go Jump", Stephen McIntyre!
At WUWT Anthony Watts posted a teaser at WUWT (archived here), which was the first bit of an article by Steve McIntyre from ClimateAudit (archived here, updated here). Steve's nose is out of joint because he couldn't get personal details (ie IP addresses) of people who responded to the "moon landing" survey conducted by Stephan Lewandowsky of UWA and colleagues.
Steve McIntyre is a Canadian blogger who is or used to be involved in mining companies. He spends a lot of time trying to prove all the scientists are wrong. His main tools are rhetoric, hyperbole, MS Excel, R and a perpetual sense of aggrievement that few outside of the denier blogosphere will give him the time of day. He has no scientific expertise in climate or any relevant qualifications - and it shows. His personal qualities of obsessive compulsiveness, innate paranoia, general ungraciousness, tendency to deceive when it suits him, a reputation for shifting from request to harassment, and generally unlikeable cyber-personality fit him well for the role he's chosen at this late stage in his life.
Steve got a response from UWA, which he isn't shy about sharing, so I see no need to be reluctant to post the letter either.
Here it is. It's from the Vice-Chancellor himself as posted by Steve McIntyre (archived here).
Dear Mr McIntyre,
I refer to your series of emails to University officers including Professor Maybery and myself (which you have copied to other recipients including the Australian Research Council) in which you request access to Professor Lewandowsky’s data.
I am aware that you have made inflammatory statements on your weblog “Climate Audit” under the heading “Lewandowsky Ghost-wrote Conclusions of UWA Ethics Investigation into “Hoax”” including attacks on the character and professionalism of University staff. It is apparent that your antagonism towards Professor Lewandowsky’s research is so unbalanced that there is no useful purpose to be served in corresponding with you further. I regard your continued correspondence to be vexatious and there will be no further response to your requests for data.
Professor Paul Johnson,
About bloody time, is all I can say. No, I don't mean that Professor Johnson should have replied sooner. I mean it's about bloody time someone other than the harassed researchers themselves told Steve McIntyre where to go. And I'm proud to say it was the Vice-Chancellor of an Australian university that told him to go jump in no uncertain terms.
Of course I don't know if the Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia has ever put him straight or any of the other Vice-Chancellors or Rectors or whoever is the Person-in-Charge of different universities in the world. Whether they have or they haven't, Steve has now made public a letter than I hope will be produced and waved in front of every single one of them if one of their academic or general staff ever gets approached by The Auditor or one of his followers doing his bidding.
If you think that the Vice-Chancellor's response was a bit over-the-top, it's not. Just have a gander at this. Steve is obsessed, frustrated because he isn't able to understand the stats. He accuses Professor Lewandowsky of fraud and fakery in multiple articles. He even dreams up conspiracy theories of his own. And while you read through his litany of articles note that he doesn't put up multiple dumb articles every day like Anthony Watts. He posts maybe two or three a week on average - and that's in a prolific month.
Notice how Steve focuses almost solely on Professor Lewandowsky and ignores the fact that the moon landing paper had two other authors, including Prof. Dr Klaus Oberauer and A/Prof Gilles Gignac. I expect that Stephan Lewandowsky and Klaus Oberauer are more than sufficiently able to apply statistical analysis to their research. Still, they brought Gilles Gignac on board. Gilles is an expert in psychometric analysis. He's worked for commercial organisations as well as his academic research.
Here are just a few of the articles by Steve McIntyre:
Anatomy of the Lewandowsky Scam (a large part of this article was a long complaint about how people use the word "deniers" when referring to people who deny science, as in "climate science deniers".)
Trying (Unsuccessfully) to Replicate Lewandowsky - where he confesses that the statistics used by the researchers (and common in cognitive science) is beyond him. He can't treat the data like he does core tops. In this one he even says "My guess is that SEM either does not permit “robust” techniques or that Lewandowsky didnt know how to use them." But there is more to statistics than Steve knows or understands. Steve is trying to learn some new statistics but doesn't have what it takes and as far as I can tell, he's never bothered to learn in all the time he's had since. (See here and here for discussions of the stats. And here's a short introduction to Exploratory Factor Analysis if you're interested.)
I did a search for "exploratory factor analysis" on climate audit and didn't see anywhere that Steve McIntyre used the term, though I found a page where some other people drew it to his attention (which he seems to have ignored). Which leads into where Steve accuses Professor Lewandowsky of being a conspiracy theorist:
Conspiracy-Theorist Lewandowsky Tries to Manufacture Doubt
Lewandowsky’s Fake Correlation - another article in which Steve accuses fakery and shows his incompetence at stats.
More Deception in the Lewandowsky Data As well as the title, this article is significant for being the only mention of a "replicate" survey conducted at WUWT, which Steve didn't analyse properly and which was subsequently buried. AFAIK it never ever saw the light of day from that point onward.
Oh, that's just a small number of the multiple articles by Steve McIntyre accusing Professor Lewandowsky of all sorts of nefarious actions (refer to "Recursive Furies" to see subscribing nefarious intent can be a marker of conspiracy ideation :D) And how Steve liberally spatters his headlines and articles with words such as "scam", "fake", "deception" and "fraudulent". There are loads more where that came from - and more and still more and there's even a fourth page of them.
The letter from the University of Western Australia Vice-Chancellor will not help Steve McIntyre next time he decides to host and foster a harassment campaign against climate scientists (or cognitive scientists or climate philosophers).
PS Steve has said he's trying to get someone else to surreptitiously get data for him to misconstrue. Guess who else put up his hand. None other than Eric "eugenics" Worrall!
Addendum on psychological disorders
I noticed in his email to the Head of the School of Psychology at UWA (which Steve signed with "regards"!), that Steve McIntyre states that in the Recursive Fury paper, the authors, or to be precise, that one of the authors (Stephan Lewandowsky - not sure how Steve figured which author wrote what):
"purported to diagnose that I have psychological disorders".
I looked for any mention of Steve in that paper and I didn't see anywhere that alleged he had "psychological disorders". All I found was one reference in the text (to McI) and his name in Table 3, listing four separate hypotheses on his blog, which between them could be classified as NI=nefarious intent; NS=nihilistic skepticism; PV=persecuted victim; MbW=must be wrong; NoA=no accident; and UCT=unreflexive counterfactual thinking.
I didn't see anything in the paper that states that evidence of conspiracy ideation means a person has "psychological disorders". The words "psychological disorder" were not used in the paper. There was this sentence that could indicate where conspiracist ideation rates in terms of "psychological disorder"
We suggest that conspiracist ideation, like most other psychological constructs (e.g., extraversion), represents a continuum that finds expression to varying extents in theories of varying scope.
Does this mean that Steve thinks all extraverts have a psychological disorder?
Perhaps Steve's comment is more evidence of PV=persecuted victim with a hint of MbW=must be wrong. Then again I CbW=could be wrong, because I'm not an expert in cognitive science.
Added by Sou 30 March 2014.
From the WUWT comments
March 28, 2014 at 5:45 pm
Let’s close ranks!
Velcro tells a big fat lie and says:
March 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm
Never expect a university with ivy on the walls to ever change or admit its errors. No wonder UWA is now the last ranked university in WA
No it's not ranked last. It's ranked first. There are five universities in Western Australia - Curtin, Edith Cowan, Murdoch, University of Notre Dame and the University of Western Australia. Of these, only one is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world and that's the University of Western Australia, on The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It ranks 7th in Australia on this world ranking.
Ric Werme says "I'll show you, Professor Lewandowsky" - ha ha ha ha ha
March 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm
That does it, I’m voting for Lewandowsky as ‘Climate Duplicitist of the Year’ award. Perhaps there should be a team category too.
hunter is a master orator - not! and says:
March 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm
That is how guilty arrogant babies respond after being called out.
bushbunny points out that UWA is not all bad :) - except he's wrong AFAIK, and says:
March 28, 2014 at 6:35 pm
Didn’t Tim Flannery also work there once? Why don’t you check that out.